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How to get to Washington by bus

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What is a good price for a bus ticket to Washington?

$1.00 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Washington, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Washington. In the last month, buses from Charlottesville to Washington had the lowest average price at $2.63. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest buses to Washington:

Where is the bus station in Washington, DC?

The busiest bus station in Washington is Union Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Washington are:

  • Union Station
  • Dupont Cir MA Ave
  • Dupont Cir CT Ave

Where should you stay in Washington, DC?

Washington, DC can be a very expensive city, so it’s best to do a little bit of research to find a good deal on accommodations.

On the higher end, those with cash to burn may consider staying in Dupont Circle, where many of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants are located. Georgetown, a charming older neighborhood with cobblestone streets, offers much in terms of food and shopping, but is also on the pricier side.

A good mid-tier option may be the historic Adams Morgan neighborhood, which has the highest concentration of bars and restaurants of any area in the city. If nightlife is what you’re after, do a little digging and you may find a place to budget-friendly place to stay. Midtown is also a terrific option, as it provides easy access to some of Washington, DC’s biggest attractions, such as the White House.

To save a little money, consider staying across the Potomac River in Arlington, or a little further south in Alexandria. True, you won’t exactly be in the heart of the city, but a robust public transit system will help you easily get downtown into the mix of things.

How do you get around Washington?

A major way people get around Washington is via the Metrorail, aka the Washington Metro. WMATA fares range from $2.25 to $6 per trip depending on how many stops you travel and whether you’re traveling during peak hours. If traveling outside of rush hour, fares typically range from $1.85 to $3.85.

To pay for these fares, use a SmarTrip card. These plastic, rechargeable fare cards can be purchased by cash or credit at any Metro Station. The Washington Metro designates different routes by color (Red Line, Orange Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Yellow Line and Silver Line). Consult a map within the station to see which line your stop is on. In addition to the Metro lines, there are also plenty of local bus routes, taxis, and rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft.

What are some places to visit in DC?

Everyone knows that Washington, DC is dense with beautiful monuments. There is the Washington Monument, built in 1848, that honors the first President of the United States. Then there is the Lincoln Memorial, a 19-foot high marble statue of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. Of course, you can tour the White House or the United States Capitol Building.

In addition to these historic icons, Washington is home to the Smithsonian Museums, most of which are free. The Smithsonian institutions are internationally known for their incredible collections.

What are some good restaurants in Washington, DC?

A great place to grab dinner in Washington is Art and Soul. It is located inside the Liaison Washington Capitol Hill hotel, directly across the street from Union Station. Art and Soul is known for its Southern cuisine, with outside seating and a great view.

An old favorite that has been around for more than 50 years is The Monocle Restaurant. Although a little more pricey, delectable food is well worth it. The Monocle is known for its impressive wine list and delicious steaks.

For a quick and tasty sandwich, try West Wing Café, just a short walk up Massachusetts Avenue NE from Union Station.

What is the best time to visit Washington by bus?

Because it is such a big tourist city, Washington DC is often busy. During the summer it is thick with tourists, and other times of year you’re likely to run into school groups. Although a good time to visit DC is when it is not smoldering hot while you walk around the monuments.

DC is known for its beautiful cherry blossoms, which start blooming in mid March and continue through mid April. Because so many visitors are coming into DC by train and plane during this time, you’re likely to get a much better deal if you arrive by bus.

New York

There are 42 scheduled buses per day from New York to Washington. The route can be as long as 204 miles, or 328 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 4 hours and 39 minutes. There are 8 bus lines that operate on this route. BestBus has the most daily buses. Buses from New York usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
4h 39m
Avg. Price
$24.84

Baltimore

There are 21 scheduled buses per day from Baltimore to Washington. The route can be as long as 35 miles, or 57 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 1 hour and 13 minutes. There are 4 bus lines that operate on this route. Greyhound has the most daily buses. Buses from Baltimore usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
1h 13m
Avg. Price
$11.93

Philadelphia

There are 14 scheduled buses per day from Philadelphia to Washington. The route can be as long as 124 miles, or 199 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 3 hours and 16 minutes. There are 4 bus lines that operate on this route. Greyhound has the most daily buses. Buses from Philadelphia usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
3h 16m
Avg. Price
$15.16

Richmond

There are 8 scheduled buses per day from Richmond to Washington. The route can be as long as 97 miles, or 156 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 2 hours and 19 minutes. There are 3 bus lines that operate on this route. Greyhound has the most daily buses. Buses from Richmond usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
2h 19m
Avg. Price
$17.74

Atlanta

There are 8 scheduled buses per day from Atlanta to Washington. The route can be as long as 543 miles, or 873 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 15 hours . There are 2 bus lines that operate on this route. Greyhound has the most daily buses. Buses from Atlanta usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
15h 0m
Avg. Price
$50.23

Located in District of Columbia, Washington is accessible by bus from 109 other cities. You can choose from 271 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Washington on Wanderu. Megabus usually has the most buses on any given day.

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Bus companies serving Washington

Greyhound

There are 33 scheduled Greyhound buses per day. Greyhound can get you to Washington from 223 cities, including Baltimore.
Avg. Time
9h 49m
Avg. Price
$44.43

OurBus

There are 14 scheduled OurBus buses per day. OurBus can get you to Washington from 21 cities, including Newark.
Avg. Time
3h 27m
Avg. Price
$24.87

Megabus

There are 62 scheduled Megabus buses per day. Megabus can get you to Washington from 20 cities, including New York.
Avg. Time
5h 10m
Avg. Price
$20.01

Peter Pan Lines

There are 12 scheduled Peter Pan Lines buses per day. Peter Pan Lines can get you to Washington from 16 cities, including New York.
Avg. Time
6h 48m
Avg. Price
$41.46

Virginia Breeze

There are 8 scheduled Virginia Breeze buses per day. Virginia Breeze can get you to Washington from 8 cities, including Blacksburg.
Avg. Time
3h 31m
Avg. Price
$34.48

Go Buses

There are 9 scheduled Go Buses buses per day. Go Buses can get you to Washington from 2 cities, including New York.
Avg. Time
2h 48m
Avg. Price
$14.73

BestBus

There are 9 scheduled BestBus buses per day.
Avg. Time
4h 16m
Avg. Price
$32.43

Washington Deluxe

There are 9 scheduled Washington Deluxe buses per day.
Avg. Time
4h 21m
Avg. Price
$26.02

BestBus Prime

There are 2 scheduled BestBus Prime buses per day.
Avg. Time
4h 16m
Avg. Price
$58.11